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Hey You! C'mere! A Poetry Slam Hardcover – March 1, 2002
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One summer morning in the sizzling city, seven kids gather on a street corner to share the power of poetry. As they move through the neighborhood, the kids transform their experiences -- standing up to a tough kid, slurping spaghetti and ice cream, a good "hiccup cough sniff" cry -- into a poetry slam celebrating the strength and energy of their own unique voices. Elizabeth Swado's wonderfully aural work is given visual dimension by Joe Cepeda's colorful, character-ful paintings. So come along and heed the call: Hey you! C'MERE!
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and a teacher
and this book is a great way to introduce kids to the 'spoken' element of poetry
poetry's meant to be enjoyed, celebrated, performed
good poetry makes you feel and think and laugh and look at the world a little differently
this book does all that
and maybe, if you're lucky,
it gets kids reading and writing and performing some poetry themselves
just because they can
I think that the rhythm and style of the poetry coincides with Cepeda's awesome illustrations and makes for a book that just BEGS to be read out loud.
My personal opinion...if you're not ready to FULLY participate in the reading of a poetry book this is NOT the book for you. But if you want to have a great time and connect to a kid on a goofy, fun, and more primal level, this is the way to go.
My personal favorites are "The Storm" "Names" and "I'm Sorry"...
The illustrations never fail. The children in this book seem to come alive. However, the poetry, the illusion of a storyline, just never seem to mesh with the awesome pictures.
I gathered that these children have fun rhyming in the streets, but this is not the best introduction to poetry. The basics are covered, such as all poems don't have to rhyme. But if I was a child, I would still close this book thinking "what exactly is a poem" or "what exactly is a poetry slam". (I mean, why have "poetry slam" in the title, but not give a basic description of what it is?)
Unfortunately, the poems -- dialogue -- do not compliment the fun and extremely colorful illustrations. The silly name poem was cute, but really had no purpose in the middle of the book. The poems about the aunt, rain, ice cream, etc. just seem random, and contributes to books overall confusion. Realistically, I wouldn't purchase this book for another child solely out of my belief that (s)he wouldn't read it again, that is if they get through it the first time.
I don't want to give the illusion that I'm just trying to be negative. My honest opinion is based on my volunteer experience: workshops I've done with kids (not including this book) about writing and reading poetry, and based upon children's reactions to "storytime books" I read, etc.